Ben­zema helps Real edge Le­vante

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Madrid: Karim Ben­zema scored twice on Satur­day in an out­stand­ing per­for­mance for Real Madrid against Le­vante, al­though his side were left hang­ing on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Haz­ard made his La Liga de­but. Ben­zema’s goals came just six min­utes apart in the first half at a wet San­ti­ago Bern­abeu, be­fore Casemiro put Real 3-0 up. How­ever, Le­vante, who had won their pre­vi­ous two out­ings, made a fight of it in the sec­ond half as they pulled goals back through Borja May­oral and Gon­zalo Melero.

“The sec­ond half was more dif­fi­cult for us, but the over­all feel­ing was pos­i­tive,” said coach Zine­dine Zi­dane, whose team had drawn their pre­vi­ous two games.

“We have got the three points and we were in­cred­i­ble in the first half, the way we played, the goals, the com­mit­ment. We just need to stay fo­cused for the full 90 min­utes.”

Haz­ard also came off the bench for the fi­nal half-hour to make his first La Liga ap­pear­ance af­ter a thigh in­jury had in­ter­rupted the start of his Real ca­reer fol­low­ing his 100 mil­lion-euro ($110 mil­lion) move from Chelsea.

Sol­sk­jaer keen to re­solve De Gea con­tract de­lay

Manch­ester: Manch­ester United man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer re­mains con­fi­dent that goal­keeper David de Gea will com­mit his fu­ture to the club de­spite en­ter­ing the fi­nal year of his con­tract.

United hoped the Span­ish in­ter­na­tional would sign a new deal be­fore the sea­son be­gan, but are still wait­ing for De Gea to put pen to pa­per. As it stands, the 28-yearold would be free to speak to any Euro­pean clubs from Jan­uary 1 and leave next sum­mer on a free trans­fer. United have re­port­edly of­fered a deal worth around £290,000-a-week to make De Gea the joint high­est earner still at the club, along­side Paul Pogba, but still short of the £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez was earn­ing at Old Traf­ford prior to his loan move to In­ter Mi­lan. “I’ve ob­vi­ously not been in­volved in all the dis­cus­sions, but I’m pretty con­fi­dent we’ll get this sorted,” said the Nor­we­gian. “David has never said any­thing else to me, other than that he loves this club, he wants to stay here and he’s had a fan­tas­tic time.”

Iran says ‘blue girl’ foot­ball fan ad­mit­ted ‘mis­take’

Tehran: An Ira­nian foot­ball fan who set her­self ablaze and died af­ter be­ing ar­rested for try­ing to en­ter a sta­dium had “con­fessed her mis­take” when she was ques­tioned, the ju­di­ciary said Satur­day. Sa­har Kho­da­yari, dubbed “blue girl” be­cause of the colours of the team she sup­ported, Estegh­lal FC, was re­port­edly de­tained when she tried to en­ter a sta­dium dressed as a man to watch them last year.

She died of her in­juries in a Tehran hos­pi­tal af­ter set­ting her­self on fire out­side a court last week. Her death sparked out­rage on­line, with celebri­ties and ac­tivists us­ing the hash­tag #blue_­girl to urge the sport’s world gov­ern­ing body FIFA to ban Iran from com­pe­ti­tions and fans to boy­cott matches. 1 4 9 10 12 13 15 16 19 20 23 25 27 28 29 30 A way out (6)

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